Learning Waves was set up in 2004 to provide training for those working in the Independent Commercial Radio Sector in Ireland and is an industry led initiative. The Network is funded by Skillnets (a government initiative) together with all of the Independent Commercial Radio Stations in the country. Currently there are 30 Independent Commercial Radio Stations in the network, together with IRS+, Urban Media, MediaCentral, Communicorp One, BAI, IBI and AIRPI. The network will continue to grow as the industry grows. The network currently represents 100% of the industry.
Learning Waves Structure
Learning Waves' Chairperson is Nessa McGann, Programme Director, Spin South West (right) and the board is made up of 10 members all representing different stations across the country. Sub-Committees have been set up for Sales, News, Music and Administration Training and these committees are responsible for identifying training needs in the respective disciplines. A full-time Project Manager oversees the daily activities of Learning Waves.
Since 2004, through the support that has been provided by Skillnets and member stations, over €2.9 million has been invested in training in the Independent Radio Sector. This has resulted in the provision of over 16,343 training days to over 5,189 participants.
Since its inception Learning Waves has seen the industry pool its knowledge to its advantage, and has provided networking opportunities where the industry can explore ways to maximize their combined strength against competitors.